Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., has received a commitment from alumnus Richard J. Kreider, retired director in business operations at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co., and his wife, Marianne, as part of the university’s $600-million comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” Designated for the college of nursing, the Kreiders’ gift establishes The Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professorship in the Nursing of Vulnerable Populations.
“We hope this gift will allow the college to attract and retain highly qualified academic leaders that will prepare the next generation of nurses to face the challenges of the healthcare field and provide exceptional care for vulnerable populations around the world,” Kreider said in a news release. The amount of the Kreiders’ gift was undisclosed.
“Endowed faculty positions are critical to Villanova’s success, as they provide dedicated and consistent support for the thought leaders who inspire our students every day,” Michael J. O’Neill, senior vice president for university advancement, said in the release. “We thank Richard and Marianne for their generous and unfailing commitment to the college of nursing and its mission to transform students into nursing leaders.”
The establishment of the endowed professorship will support a distinguished faculty member whose teaching and research significantly contribute to the healthcare of populations at high risk for chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The holder of the Kreider professorship will enhance, expand and provide ongoing leadership and sustainability in the development of this critical component within nursing education, according to the release.
“The Kreiders’ extraordinary generosity, including the time and the leadership Rich has provided the college of nursing through his participation on the board of consultors, and the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, speaks to his loyalty to Villanova and his appreciation of the contributions that nurses make to the university and society,” M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, said in the release. “The endowed professorship is symbolic of the complementary nature of contributions that nursing makes to the people it serves through education, research and service.”
Kreider serves on Villanova’s campaign executive committee and is chairman of the college of nursing campaign committee, part of “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” He previously was a member of the Villanova University alumni association board, as well as an inaugural member of the college of nursing’s board of consultors — having also served as its chairman. In addition, Kreider served on the Villanova School of Business Accounting Advisory Council and is on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Council for the Boy Scouts of America for Nassau County, N.Y.
The college of nursing’s campaign priorities include faculty and programmatic support, scholarships and facilities, according to the release.
Villanova launched the public phase of its comprehensive capital campaign in October 2013, and so far has raised $420 million toward its $600 million goal. The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change is aimed at cultivating academic innovation across its schools and colleges, investing in recruiting and retaining the finest teacher-scholars, dramatically enhancing financial aid and student opportunities, and continuing to build a premier living-learning environment on the university’s 260-acre campus, according to the release.